Alexandria, VA

Darcy is usually sprawled out somewhere.

The couch, the table, your lap — the possibilities are nearly endless for the two-year-old tabby, who is currently up for adoption via the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“She’s a social girl who will make sure you know when she’s looking for a little love, so be ready with the chin scratches and ear rubs,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow.

Learn more about Darcy and how to schedule time to meet her at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

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Six-year-old Coco likes the simple things, like stuffed toys and treats. The six-year-old Staffordshire terrier is also looking to be adopted through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Coco is the cuddliest girl, with the most squishable face, and be ready for her to take her place of honor on your lap,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “Coco loves her people and wants to be the sole focus of their attention, so she would prefer to be your only pup to make sure she has all your love and snuggles.”

Coco also loves stuffed toys that make noise and can regularly be seen carrying one around on walks, napping with one or showing her human friends how they can be used in an excellent game of tug-of-war.

You can schedule time to meet with Coco in-person or virtually at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

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Chanel likes hanging out in an office more than her cage. Every day, she and about 10 other “office animals” are let out to play in offices at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“A shelter isn’t a natural environment for an animal,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “We’ve got seven dogs and three cats in offices right now, and we do whatever we can make this experience better and more comfortable for them.”

AWLA has about 30 animals up for adoption, although some have to undergo surgery and other medical procedures before they can go to a new home. Many of those animals spend their mending days in offices, which have baby gates at their doors.

They’ve also allowed pets in offices for more than a decade, Hardter said.

Executive Director Stella Hanly has two dogs in her office, including Stevie, who came to AWLA with a severe eye infection. His eyes had to be removed, and Hanly said that the extra attention he got by sleeping in her office made a remarkable change in him.

“The first day he was with me, he wouldn’t even respond to anyone coming in the office, talking to him or petting him,” Hanly said. “By the end of that same week, he would do a little dance each time he heard me enter the room. I think having the extra time and attention in my office truly saved his life.”

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Kitties Kaleidoscope and her brother Lincoln Log are scratching around for a new home with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

The three-month-old siblings are up for adoption during a period known as “Kitten Season”, where AWLA starts to receive an influx of young cats.

“To help the AWLA with the influx in kittens we will be seeing, consider donating items from our ‘Kitten Season’ wish list,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “We are especially in need of fleece blankets and tiny kitten collars.”

If you are interested in learning more about Trap/Neuter/Return initiatives for adult cats in your community, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/CommunityCats.  If you’d like to learn more about our Spay/Neuter Assistance program, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/SNAP.

Kaleidoscope and Lincoln Log are available for adoption now, as will dozens more kittens throughout the summer.  If you’d like to learn more about adopting them, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

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You don’t have to go to a galaxy far, far away to bring BobaFettHan Solo and Yoda into your home.

The four 10-week-old male hamsters are available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Hamsters are clever and industrious, and they are going to want an enclosure full of enrichment activities, like wheels, chew toys and, of course, plenty of bedding for digging and tunneling,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow.

Hardter continued, “Hamsters can also be taught tricks, ranging from general socialization to spinning in circles to navigating fun hamster obstacle courses, and the enrichment (and treats that are part of it) can help keep your hamster happy and healthy.”

Click here to schedule time to meet with these hamsters, either virtually or in-person.

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It was another busy week in Alexandria.

Our top story was on the dog found dead and wrapped in blankets at N. Armistead Street and Beauregard Street. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is offering a reward for information that can lead to the identification of the owner.

This week, the Del Ray Business Association announced that a mayoral debate between Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson and former Mayor Allison Silberberg will be held on May 12, and a council debate will be held on May 17.

On the coronavirus front, City Council will soon consider a temporary waterfront memorial to honor COVID-19 victims. This week, the city also received a surge of vaccine doses.

We also continued our conversations with City Council candidates by profiling Councilman John Taylor Chapman, Councilwoman Amy Jackson and Kevin Harris.

Other important stories

Top stories

  1. Animal Welfare League of Alexandria seeks public help to identify dead dog
  2. Suspicious voting patterns seen in ALXnow poll on mayoral race
  3. COVID-19 update: Alexandria getting boost of vaccine doses this week
  4. Just In: Man arrested for allegedly grabbing women in Del Ray
  5. Teenagers arrested after 13-year-old girl jumped, gun pointed at her in West End
  6. Council approves roadway conversion at George Washington Masonic National Memorial
  7. Four arrested after juvenile robbed of shoes in West End
  8. JUST IN: Halal slaughterhouse to open in two weeks
  9. Poll: Which mayoral candidate has your vote?
  10. Neighborhood Health vaccinating thousands at sites in Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax County
  11. Flight attendant Annetta Catchings running for Alexandria mayor as a Republican

Have a safe weekend!

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Aloysius Fraggleplank needs a little training, but the two-year-old blue pit bill is looking for a new home with a family that has adults and older kids.

While he’s usually known by the name Blue, Fraggleplank was recently renamed for one day only as part of an April Fools celebration by his minders at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“We hope to have it all sorted out by tomorrow, but I guess our adoptables are playing an April Fool’s prank on us,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “The young Mr. Fraggleplank loves his toys – the squeakier, the better – and he hopes his new home is full of them.”

Fraggleplank was joined in temporarily changing his name by Whiskers of the Frozen NorthCommander Seahorse, and Goodest Boi, Esquire.

Find out more about Aloysius Fraggleplank and other newly nicknamed pets here.

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The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is trying to find out more about what happened to a dog found dead and wrapped in blankets off N. Armistead Street and Beauregard Street.

The AWLA is hoping to find more information about the owners of the dog to inform them of the dog’s death and to try to learn what happened to it.

The dog was likely an un-neutered brown and white pit bull-type dog, aged anywhere between 1-5 years old. They also released a drawing of what they believe the dog looked like.

“We are not sure what caused this dog’s death, but we are hoping to connect with his owners to ensure they are aware and attempt to ascertain what may have happened,” the AWLA said. “If you think you recognize this dog or may know anything about him, we urge you to contact us by calling 703-746-6000 or emailing [email protected]

There is a reward offered for information leading to the identification of the owner. Information can also be anonymously submitted online, though contact via phone or email is preferred in case there are follow up questions.

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Shadow is looking for a new home. The a seven-year-old black short-haired cat has made fast friends at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Shadow is a cat with a job and is certainly serving as the ‘office mew-nager for our adoptions and care team,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “Her paws-on leadership technique means that she might sometimes be watching you over your shoulder, but she’s more likely to be supervising from your lap.”

If you’d like to learn more about Shadow, email AWLA at [email protected] or call 703-746-4774.

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Bonded buddies Cookie and Chispin are inseparable, and the pair are looking to be adopted from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

Cookie, a 12-year-old terrier mix, reportedly likes nothing more than to hang out with her closest companion, Chispin, a 10-year-old female hound mix.

The dogs are currently living with an AWLA foster family.

“This pair have been living their best life in the care of one of the AWLA‘s ‘Awesome Fosters’ while Cookie recovered from surgery, but even there they preferred to spend their time together curled in bed, watching TV on the couch, or just exploring the space,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow.

If you’d like to learn more about them or schedule time to meet them from their foster home, email AWLA at [email protected] or call 703-746-4774.

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